The zine that Sampha previewed back in May 2017 is getting a physical release and all the proceeds from Shy Light will go towards helping those in need in Sierra Leone.
The zine is a collab between Sampha, London-based designer Grace Wales Bonner, art director Jamie Andrew Reid and LA-based photography duo Durimel. The zine is basically a visual companion to Sampha’s album Process, featuring stuff like abstract lyrics and commissioned reflections of Freetown, Sierra Leone by Durimel.
Here’s what Sampha had to say about Shy Light:
Back in January, I had the fortune of returning to Freetown, Sierra Leone, where my parents are from, and where many of my family still live. As well as being an incredible personal experience, the trip created two pieces of work of which I’m very proud: a film, ‘Process’, and a zine, ‘Shy Light’.
I had originally planned to release the physical zine this week, but in light of the recent tragic events in Sierra Leone, I’ve spent a lot of time questioning whether this is the right thing to do. After much soul-searching and conversations with my family in Freetown, I’ve decided to go ahead. Sierra Leone has had more than its fair share of tragedies and deep trauma. It’s also a beautiful country full of wonderful people. My hope is that with ‘Shy Light’ (and Process), I can do a little bit to highlight both these aspects of a country that is also a fundamental part of who I am. Above all I also hope to help raise awareness of the current crisis in Sierra Leone so that more people may be encouraged to support.
The zine will first be available at New York’s Opening Ceremony (35 Howard St) from 7pm on Thursday 24th August at a launch event that will also raise funds for Street Child. Next it’ll launch at London’s Tate Modern’s Uniqlo Tate Lates at 6pm on Friday 25th August, celebrating the ‘Soul Of A Nation: Art In The Age Of Black Power’ exhibition, alongside an exclusive screening of ‘Process’, the visual companion to Sampha’s debut album directed by Khalil Joseph, in the Tate’s Starr Cinema at 9pm. A limited number (whatever’s left) will then be available to purchase online via the Young Turks webstore on Tuesday 29th August at 10am (http://theyoungturks.co.uk/store).
ALL the proceeds from Shy Light will go towards supporting aid work carried out by the Street Child charity in Sierra Leone.
Street Child is a UK NGO that works in Sierra Leone, Liberia, Nepal and Nigeria, to help some of the world’s poorest children to access education. To find out more about their work and donate, visit their website.